Winter Skills 2014

Triumphant Newquay Tretherras students return from the Cairngorm plateau in Scotland completing their Winter Skills Course.

The high profile Outdoor learning department at Newquay Tretherras runs the annually trip, taking students up to the highlands of Scotland, to complete their final challenge.

Whilst at camp, prior to their expedition, the students spend a few days putting their skills into practice in a winter skills workshop partnered by the Outward Bound Trust. Training leading up to the expedition ranges from cold weather survival, avalanche awareness and advanced navigation. Students practice valuable survival skills, from how to stop themselves in a slide on snow, how to climb vertical ice and how to tell whether the snow is safe enough to travel on.

“Trekking across the mountain range and camping in snow wholes are amongst the many high points experienced. The Winter Skills trip to the Cairngorm plateau over all is a unique experience that delivers tremendous reward to all the Tretherras students taking part.” said Chris Lucas, Head of Outdoor Learning at Tretherras.

Tarin Payne, a Year 13 Tretherras Sixth form student, commented, “An absolutely fantastic trip, the most exciting and adventurous thing I have taken part in to date, on top of that it has given me a skill set that will help me on future expeditions. Completely unforgettable and highly recommended!”